Turner Turnbull is largely unknown, but his leadership had an outsized impact on the D-Day invasion, especially for the paratroopers at St. Mere-Elise. Turnbull and his platoon defeated over fifty times their number of Germans on D-Day, in holding the small French town of Neuville-Au-Plain.
Neuville is just a few miles north of St. Mere-Elise, which was hard pressed throughout June 6 from a concentrated German attack from the south. St. Mere-Elise lay alongside the roads the led to Utah Beach, so holding it was vital.
The Turnbull story was also one of the inspirations for “Saving Private Ryan”, as Turnbull’s platoon sergeant was Bob Niland, one of the four Niland brothers.
INVICTA Challenge combines an operations packet, two maps and a 108 page interactive graphic novel to tell the story. Historically authentic, the reader makes the same key decisions that a C-47 pilot, Turner Turnbull, and Lieutenant Colonel Ben Vandevoort faced that day.
The art is photorealistic, based on a photoshoot with a group of World War II re-enactors in northern California. The game comes with a collectible sic inch paratrooper figure, and ties to a free-to-play interactive game, where you fight the tactical battle.
The game is available on Kickstarter for a limited time